If you want to keep in touch with all your friends and coworkers, you don't have to jump around from one service to another.
Any programmer now can build software to tap into Windows Live Messenger's network. Perhaps in time IM will become less fragmented and more useful.
Google takes YouTube into the premium realm, and BlackBerry strikes up some partnerships. Plus, the first Lumia to lose the Nokia branding. All that and more in this look back at the week in tech.
Milestone comes just months after a negative backlash against separating the social network's IM features onto a standalone app.
US and European police say they closed more than 400 online contraband markets and arrested 17 people -- who thought they were hidden by the popular tool.
Google Glass is today's most iconic wearable for augmented reality, but Toshiba's come up with a somewhat more subtle design.
Designed for small and midsize businesses, the three new subscription plans offer more features and flexibility than their predecessors, says the company.
Roughly half of Phones 4U's staff are to be laid off, while EE, Vodafone and Dixons Carphone snap up other stores.
One of Bill Gates' all-time favorite programmers is back after pondering the hypothetical: What would people do if the phone had never been invented before the Internet came along?
If BitTorrent succeeds with its encrypted, decentralized app, it would enshroud a previously open form of messaging in a hard-to-break bubble of privacy.